Biography & Education

I choose to approach the diagnosis and management of breast disease as part of a multidisciplinary team, in partnership with an informed patient. My role is to educate the patient on all her options and help her make decisions that reflect her priorities. My special interests include �young and high-risk patients �male breast cancer �the interplay of breast cancer with lactation and pregnancy �surgical approaches which maximize the cosmetic appearance of the breast and, in younger women, preserve the ability to breastfeed �skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies when appropriate for the patient
Additional Information * Master's degree: Health Evaluation Sciences, University of Virginia* Research fellow, Surgical Infectious Diseases Reseach Laboratory, University of Virginia Health SystemMember, American Society of Breast SurgeonsMember, Association of Women SurgeonsMember, Academy of Breastfeeding MedicineMember, Society of Surgical OncologyAwards:* NIH LRP Grant, 2005 and 2006* Surgical Infection Society Clinical Research Grant, 2003 and 2004* Dion Award for Intern of the Year, University of Virginia, 2002* Harvey C. Butcher Award in General Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, 2001
  • Breast Surgery
Education Background
Medical School Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, Missouri
Residency University of Virginia Health System; Charlottesville, Virginia
Fellowship Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; New York, New York
  • English

Care Locations

Accepted Payment Methods
Medicare, Medicaid/DSHS, Bill Insurance, VISA, Cash, Check, American Express, Discover Card, Money Order
Accepting Medicaid



  • Breast Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Bloodless Breast Surgery
  • Breast Aspiration
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disorders
  • Breast Feeding
  • Breast Imaging
  • Breast Pathology
  • Breast Surgeons
  • Breast Surgeons & Breast Health Professionsals
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cancer Institute
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Lactation
  • Limited to Breast Surgery
  • Mammosite
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Practice Limited to Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Swedish Cancer Institute
  • Vascular Access


Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.8 out of 5 (62 Ratings, 12 Comments)


*Dr. Tierney is guiding us through this newly - diagnosed breast cancer with her excellent bedside manner, warmth, intelligence & confidence.
Swedish Patient

*Dr. Tierney was efficient, but kind, and reassuring. She was confident which reassured me. A great surgeon. [...]
Swedish Patient

Very good with their explanation and showing me the results with any procedures that I received.
Swedish Patient

I have recommended Dr. Tierney to friends and have also bragged about having the best breast surgeon in the world. I have had great feedback from my massage therapist, radiation therapists, and any of the mammogram therapists.
Swedish Patient

Friendly, comforting, knowledgeable, kind.
Swedish Patient

Felt like she would take care of me..Felt comfortable with her as my surgeon.
Swedish Patient

Everything was excellent!
Swedish Patient

*Dr. Tierney is the most attentive, talented and thoughtful surgeon I've ever worked with - amazing!
Swedish Patient

I cannot emphasize enough how happy and confident I am with the level of care from *Dr. Tierney!
Swedish Patient

Very pleased with entire experience.
Swedish Patient

*Dr. Tierney is wonderful - warm, funny - a normal person who also happens to be exceptional at her job! Yay for me!!
Swedish Patient

My experience was so good being in their hands thank you.
Swedish Patient